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November 14, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claude Giroux says it will be "really strange" facing former linemate Scott Hartnell when the Flyers meet Columbus on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. "When we played together, we were always joking about fighting when we played each other," the Flyers' captain said after practice Thursday in Voorhees. "Everybody loved him here in Philly, so it's going to be pretty special for him. " The Flyers will honor Hartnell with a video tribute, and Giroux expects the 32-year-old winger - sent to Columbus for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round 2015 draft pick in June - to receive a warm reception.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BEFORE MOST of the Flyers took the ice for an hourlong practice, two players in gray non-contact jerseys spent about 20 minutes doing some light skating and stretching. One was Luke Schenn, the latest addition to a long list of injured Philadelphia defensemen. The other turned out to be center Ryan White, who underwent August surgery to repair a pectoral muscle. Andrew MacDonald, the rehabbing defenseman who was expected to skate yesterday as he works his way back from a right knee injury, did not take the ice. However, his absence doesn't signify a setback, according to coach Craig Berube, who said, "We'll see if he's there [today]
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the Flyers' Steve Mason and Jake Voracek said Friday's game against their former team, Columbus, was just another matchup on the schedule, two other players had different sentiments: Scott Hartnell and R.J. Umberger, wingers who were traded for each other last June in a salary-cap-related deal. "I'm a pretty emotional person, and to see the guys, and to be in that arena and not go in the home dressing room, and see the trainers and coaches and everyone that I love will be tough," Hartnell said on a conference call Wednesday from Columbus.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering that the Flyers have won three straight and have momentum on their side, it's probably not a good thing that they have five days between games. Craig Berube, however, is taking a positive look at the break. "With the injuries, it helps, for sure," the Flyers' coach said, knowing that Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn and Michael Raffl are healing and not missing games until the Flyers return Friday against visiting Columbus. "I think it's good, too, because we can work on things.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With five days between games, coach Craig Berube is tinkering with the Flyers' lineup. At practice Tuesday, he had Jason Akeson move from the fourth line to play right wing on a unit with Vinny Lecavalier and R.J. Umberger. "It helps having a skilled guy up there for sure," Berube said of Akeson. "He can make plays . . . and be a playmaker with them. It's something I want to see what can happen. " Chris VandeVelde dropped down to the fourth line with Zac Rinaldo and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
SPORTS
November 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The defensive depth built by Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is being tested. Luke Schenn is the latest Flyers defenseman sidelined - that's four D-men from the parent club since August, in case you have lost track - and it has made the signings of free agents Michael Del Zotto, Nick Schultz, and Carlo Colaiacovo more valuable than anyone could have imagined. Schenn injured his left shoulder in Saturday's 4-3 win over Colorado, and the Flyers announced Sunday he will miss about two weeks.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued their winning ways during their homestand, but it wasn't easy in their 4-3 win Saturday over the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center. The power-play unit scored three times and looked healthy, which is more than can be said about the organization's defensemen. A 4-0 lead, with three goals coming on the power play, also looked healthy before Colorado scored three unanswered goals and put some serious late-game pressure on goalie Steve Mason. It was the Flyers' third straight win, all at home.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Craig Berube said it comes down to concentration. Jake Voracek said it's an upshot of better skating. Claude Giroux determined it has come from sound defensive play. Mark Streit said it's begotten in the breakout. Not even advanced statistics can put a finger on why the Flyers have fared significantly better at even strength over the last few weeks, but no one is complaining. Their improved 5-on-5 play has been the catalyst behind the current three-game winning streak.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BRAYDON COBURN is expected to finally return to the Flyers' lineup tonight after missing 12 games with a left foot injury. Vinny Lecavalier just made it back on the ice last weekend. Wayne Simmonds missed time during training camp. Co-leading goal scorer Michael Raffl will be out until just before Christmas. Coach Craig Berube thinks the Flyers' injuries from blocking shots are "more bad luck than anything. " His boss, general manager Ron Hextall, isn't convinced. "You cringe every time.
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